Greens select farmer as candidate
A FARMER from the Hastings Valley has been selected by the Greens as its candidate for the seat of Oxley at the upcoming State election.
The electorate of Oxley includes Bellingen and Dorrigo as its northern outposts but not Urunga which is in the seat of Coffs Harbour.
Jeremy Bradley was a founding member of the Three Rivers Greens and has lived on the North Coast for much of the past forty years.
With his wife, Cathy Eggert, Mr Bradley farms a small property at Beechwood west of Wauchope, producing beef and vegetables for the local market. They practice biological farming and are developing methods of improving soil fertility by storing carbon in the soil.
“I am proud to be standing for The Greens, because we as a party are working to restore integrity to NSW politics,” said Mr Bradley. “The Greens are the only Party that does not accept corporate donations. We put the community first and look out for the long-term interests of New South Wales.
“On the Mid North Coast, putting the community first means improving health services and increasing funding to local hospitals. It means investing in regional public transport and upgrading the Pacific Highway to dual carriageway, in the interests of safety for visitors and locals.
“Looking out for the long-term interests of NSW means investing in public education and quality infrastructure, and supporting local sustainable businesses including tourism and agriculture.
“I look forward to campaigning on these issues and talking about The Greens’ policies and vision with the voters of Oxley.”
Jan Barham, mayor of Byron Shire and No.2 candidate on The Greens NSW Legislative Council ticket, said Jeremy Bradley will bring a no-nonsense objectivity to the campaign:
“His practical approach, intelligence and experience have earned him wide-ranging respect in the areas of sustainable farming, human rights and conservation.”
Mr Bradley has experience in a number of fields. He is a shipwright and has worked as a bridge builder, an arborist, in road, dam and mine construction throughout Australia and holds an Honours degree in Media Studies.